“I’m going crazy!” Horst Lichter is very enthusiastic about the vehicle that is in the “Bares for Rares” studio: “A very beautiful Simson”, the moderator recognizes immediately. “Why are you giving away such a cool moped?” he asks Gerd-Roland and Mathias Richter, father and son from Gerstungen. After the Simson stood in the music school room for years, the two now want to give it to someone who has a use for it.

Sven Deutschmanek is also impressed and explains what the name is all about. The Simson KR50 is the forerunner of the famous Schwalbe, the KR 51, says the expert. The company was founded by two Jewish brothers with the name Simson in Thuringia. From 1952 it became the VEB vehicle and equipment factory Simson Suhl. The KR 50 was built between 1958 and 1964, around 160,000 of which were produced.

What Deutschmanek is particularly enthusiastic about: Father and son Richter have the complete history of the moped at hand: registration certificate, first registration from 1961, delivery note, operating instructions, the list of authorized workshops – even the tax and insurance cards are available. The Richters’ desired price of 4000 euros does not seem too high.

“There will certainly be a lover for this,” believes Deutschmanek, who realistically assesses the specific demand: The expert believes that it could probably take some time. In terms of price, on the other hand, he fully agrees: He considers 3500 to 4000 euros to be realistic.

Before the auction starts, Father Richter expresses the wish that there should be at least two or three interested parties. Because that’s how the price would rise in regions “where the smile comes to our faces”. But as soon as you enter the dealer’s room, it becomes clear that the right people are not sitting here. “A perfect swallow,” says Daniel Meyer knowingly, only to be corrected immediately by Gerd-Roland Richter: “It’s not a swallow.”

“I’m not really well versed in that,” admits Fabian Kahl. And Daniel Meyer says: “I think I’m speaking for everyone right now when I say: maybe we’re the wrong people.” This makes it clear: Today it will no longer be for sale. At least Lisa Nüdling encourages the two of them: “It’s really a collector’s item. It has to fascinate you. And of course there are also the collectors who say: I’m still missing that sweetheart.”

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t the desired result,” says Gerd-Roland Richter afterwards. Nevertheless, he records the visit to “Bares for Rares” as a “great experience.”

Source: “Bares for Rares” in the ZDF media library

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